What a difference a year makes: ECCI celebrates its first birthday at High School Yards

Over the last year the innovative low carbon hub at High School Yards has hosted and welcomed more than 15,000 visitors and 300 events.

eccibrand2Now with a complement of 21 staff, an innovation suite full of low carbon enterprises and organisations, 150 Masters students, a building of the year award (Edinburgh Architectural Association) averaging 1200 people per month for relevant events and a constant flow of innovative ideas and projects, the centre is establishing itself as an important player in the low carbon community – here in Scotland and abroad.

Over this first year in situ in the newly refurbished, low carbon building, partnerships and emerging projects from the cities and islands of Scotland have been generated and nurtured.

While connections to the Asia Pacific, Latin America and North America are being forged. ECCI plans to open its first Asia-Pacific outpost in Hong Kong in 2015 and is closely connected with the University of Edinburgh’s newest international centres in Sao Paulo, Brazil and the centre in New York City due to open later in October 2014.

In addition to providing a hub for innovation that has actively supported over 1000 enterprises and organisations to develop low carbon products and services, the centre funds and offers six Masters scholarships.

MSc students are embedded in the centre in order to take advantage of the low carbon community and on-site access to developing businesses and ideas. The site itself is home to two electric-vehicle charging points and the new City Car Club electric vehicle as well as multiple bike storage facilities to encourage low carbon travel.

 JohnSwinney MSPJohn Swinney, Finance Secretary  said:

“ECCI is an example of how Scottish Government investment in innovation is paying off. By bringing all parties that can collaborate together we believe these projects will make greater economic benefit to Scotland.” (February 2014. Industrial Biotechnnology Innovation Centre launch, ECCI).

Sir Timothy O Shea, Principal of the University of Edinburgh said:

“ECCI is an exemplar of wide and varied collaboration among universities, public sector and private sector organisations”. (February 2014. Industrial Biotechnnology Innovation Centre launch, ECCI).

The ECCI celebrates its first birthday at a celebration tonight.

 

Pictured is John Swinney MSP, Finance Secretary

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